This morning I dealt with some business - both personal and studio. I commented to the agent that after spending 40 years building up my business, it took time to shut it all down again. And some things have to wait until my business is actually closed down before I can cancel them - like the business telephone line, the business banking, the insurance policy.
It seems like every day I remember something else that will need to be stopped, canceled, sold or given away.
We are also waiting for snow to arrive. It's 'late' (climate change?) and there is the additional worry of what the roads will be like, especially through the mountains. At this time of year, rain instead of snow means the possibility of black ice when temperatures drop. Or slushy roads which are physically exhausting to drive through. Wet, slush, dirt, all things I'd rather not deal with and had hoped would not. But we don't get to choose our weather, just how we deal with it.
Thankfully Doug is a good driver and after years of dealing with winter weather highway driving, nothing much fazes him so I will bring knitting and books to occupy my passenger time.
No matter what someone is dealing with, life tends to go on, one way or another. The guild received the donation of a loom, spinning wheel and miscellaneous books and fibres as one family deals with putting their mother into hospice. At least we could take that worry off their shoulders and either fold it into the guild equipment, or find a new home for them. A reminder that some folk are dealing with much bigger struggles than I am at the minute.
Having a few days of 'quiet' (because I don't have to scramble, scramble, scramble) has allowed me to help a friend, also dealing with stuff and needs help, but also to think about my own situation. This morning I came up with a new Plan, having rejected Plan A. In the end, I think B is a better solution.
My business/studio insurance is paid for the coming year and will be reviewed in January. By then I will have a much better idea of what equipment I will be keeping, how much inventory I have, take some time to estimate my stash. I've done a good job of weaving it down...but then got a huge gift of 7 boxes of silk yarn. So probably value of my stash went up, in the end! But I will continue to have way more studio stuff than an 'ordinary' household insurance policy would cover, so I will keep a separate rider for those things.
Today I am fringe twisting the scarves I took off the Megado the other day. I'd kind of like to wet finish them before I decide on the weft for the sample shawl warp planned for the next Megado test warp. Plus I received a box of homework which I want to mark sooner rather than later.
With several days before we leave, I am still hoping to beam the shawl warp and see how much of it I can get threaded. The threading draft is printed out. But I'm tired of things half done so I'm determined to finish fringe twisting today. I have to leave soon to drive my friend to another appointment so I need to stay focused. I'll bring my library book and read while I wait for her.
Currently reading A Better Man by Louise Penny. (Another excellent page turner - highly recommended. Begin at the beginning if you haven't read any of her books. Set in Quebec, mostly, unabashedly Canadian. Five hearts. Maybe 10. Maybe a whole lot more. Can you tell I like her writing?)